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01 April 2009
From 2012 aviation will be included in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Although this date may seem distant, carriers offering services to or within the European Union must act now. Many non-EU airlines are unaware that their competent administering member state and designated authority expect active participation on the road towards a cleaner, greener industry.
Under the scheme, all carriers will be required to acquire certificates for every tonne of carbon dioxide their flights produce during a year and to meet the annual emission caps regardless of their place of business and incorporation. If a carrier fails to do so, it will be liable for a fine of €100 per tonne and will have to make up for the shortfall by acquiring additional certificates the next year.
Eighty-five percent of the aviation allowances will be given away free of charge. Each aviation allowance represents one tonne of carbon dioxide. Operators can purchase additional allowances from other carriers or from other sectors of the scheme, through auctions or in the energy market. Moreover, they can use carbon credits from Kyoto projects such as certified emission reductions or emission reduction units.
In the future the respective airlines will have to apply for emission allowances by submitting applications to the competent authority. In Germany, this authority will be the German Emissions Trading Authority at the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin. Carriers must refer to the preliminary list of operators which was published in February 2009 by the European Commission to discover their competent authority and administering member state.
Initially, the German Emissions Trading Authority requested the carriers involved to submit documents detailing the procedures they plan to use to monitor emissions and gather tonne-kilometre data by the end of June 2009. However, since the monitoring, reporting and verification guidelines were only approved by the Climate Change Committee at the end of February and transmitted to the European Parliament for scrutiny at the beginning of March, this deadline is not realistic; the decision of the European Commission cannot be expected before June 2009. Therefore, the German Emissions Trading Authority has now informed the airlines through the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany that the deadline for these submissions has been pushed back to August.
For further information on this topic please contact Ulrich Steppler or Angela Klingmueller at Arnecke Siebold by telephone (+49 69 97 98 85 0) or by fax (+49 69 97 98 85 85) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
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